Ayselee Ayselee

1600 Pennsylvania Avenue
Elementary level


In this lesson, students will learn how to ask and questions using "There is", "There aren't", "How many", "Is there", and "Are there".


Abc Powerpoint
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Main Aims

  • To provide a way of saying that something exists in the context of houses.

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide practice speaking about parts of a house in the context of house plans and questioning the existence of rooms and objects.
  • To provide fluency and accuracy speaking practice in questioning and answering questions in the context of house plans.


Lead- in (3-5 minutes) • To introduce students to looking at house plans

Teacher will show a picture of a house plan and ask students what they see in the house using the targeted questions. "What do you see in the house?" Teacher take notes on what they say.

Form (8-10 minutes) • To introduce students to asking questions and answering questions about the existence of objects/rooms in a house.

Show students targeted language. CQ's "What does having "a" in the sentence mean?" "Is there more than one object?"...it's singular "What does 'aren't', 'isn't', and 'there's' have in common?"...they are all contractions. Teachers looks at the notes on what the students said about the house plan and elicits reconstructed answers using the new form.

Exercise 1 (5-8 minutes) • To have students practice when to use "There is/are" and "There isn't/aren't".

Gives students instructions: In this activity, you will use "There is/are" or There "isn't/aren't" You will see + and - signs to tell you if it's negative or positive." Demonstrate the task with the first two questions CCQ's - What language can you use if you see the "-" sign?...."There isn't" and "there aren't". - What about the "+" sign?...."There is and There are" - What's the difference between "is" and "are"?..."is" is singular while "are" is plural Hand students exercise 1 work sheet. After they have completed, have them check in groups. Go through answers with powerpoint.

Exercise 2 and 4 (8-12 minutes) • Students practice constructing sentences and asking and answering the questions they created.

Put the table in Exercise 2 and practice making sentences with it. " So, you will do the same thing. Make 5 sentences. You have 3 minutes." Hand out the folded papers to them. "In partners ask and answer the questions" Teacher walks around and takes notes on errors. Teacher goes over errors and introduces exercise 4. " In this next activity, we will make questions using 'How many'." Demonstrates by doing number 1, but before answering, put slashes on board for each word. Elicit that we need to add "is/are" and a preposition. As a class do number 1. Gives instructions "In pairs, make the questions. After you have written the questions, ask each other the question."

House Plan (8-10 minutes) • To have students prepare a written presentation about their own houses.

Show the house plan picture from before again but with a discription. Teacher reads descripton to students. On next slide, show useful language. Explain to students that they will draw a picture of their house and write a description about it. "I want you to draw a simple picture of your house on the back of this work sheet. Then write at least 5 sentences about your house."

Wrap up (4-5 minutes) • To have students practice speaking by presented their writing

After students have finished, walk around and give each student a number. "Write the number I give to you at the top of your paper." Have slips of numbers ready for another student to pull out. Whichever number is picked that student must present their work to the class. Do 3-5 presentations.

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